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February 3, 2021

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DG BookGospel: Mk 6:1–6
Leaving that place, Jesus returned to his own country, and his disciples followed him. When the Sabbath came, he began to
teach in the synagogue, and most of those who heard him were astonished. But they said, “How did this come to him? What kind
of wisdom has been given to him, that he also performs such miracles? Who is he but the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the


brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here among us?” So they took offense at him.
And Jesus said to them, “Prophets are despised only in their own country, among their relatives, and in their own family.” And
he could work no miracles there, but only healed a few sick people, by laying his hands on them. Jesus himself was astounded at
their unbelief. Jesus then went around the villages, teaching.

 

Reflection:

It is not only the words we speak that is the message. Our person and who we have become is the
first thing we communicate. No wonder people despite the eloquent words of the
Lord could not move past their knowledge of who Jesus is, and where He came
from. They are stuck on His outward realities rather than on the beauty of the
message He delivers. That is why some people take great pains to prepare the
external so that they could convince people to believe and place their confidence
on them. Jesus’ external qualifications doesn’t seem to amount much.
They would not believe on the basis of His family ties that they know very much.
That is why the Word that took on human flesh has to experience the limitation of
His being incarnated into human realities.

 

 

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